Ever been inspired by a makeup product to try a new look? I’ve met an eye pencil that puts ideas into my head. The MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black makes me want to line everything. It’s at the top of my new eye liner (eyeliner?) list, the best eye liner for cat-eye makeup.
I have my favourite stay-put eye pencils for tightlining my inner upper waterline (as per this photo-tutorial) and for doing winged liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (two of five great eye liners here). I prefer pencil over liquid liner because it affords me more control, especially if when I’m doing my face in the back of a taxi. (I do love a felt-tip eye liner marker, though — I once used up a Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash-Boosting Eyeliner.)
I finally got around to trying a MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner ($23, maccosmetics.com) a couple of weeks back, and suddenly I want to line everything. That includes my lower lash line, which I usually leave bare, and Chinese makeup clients.
I’m not kidding about the clients. Chinese eyes are built in such a way that pencil liner tends to smudge ridiculously easily (Chinese skin tends to be oily, too, which is part of the issue). I used the MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner on Chinese bridal clients a couple of weeks back: amazing.
The MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner texture is wonderful, creamy and saturated, so it glides on easily and vividly before it dries down to a budge-proof finish. You have to work fairly quickly if you want to smudge the liner for a soft, smoky effect. And the stuff does. not. move. Hence its new Beautygeeks reign as the best eye liner for cat-eye makeup. Definedly Black, Devotion, Strong Willed and Powerline are new shades, just released. (You can’t have just one: Devotion, a deep army green, makes hazel eyes look more golden — love. Strong Willed, a rich aubergine, makes hazel and green eyes look greener, and is aces on brown and blue eyes, too. Powerline, an antique-y gold is just gorgeous; use it along the lashlines and tightline with Definedly Black.)
In the excellent video tutorial below, that gorgeous cat eye, or feline eye as veteran makeup pro Charlotte Tilbury calls it, is my next line-everything move inspired by my MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black. (To clarify: for me, winged liner is an upper-lashline-only look; the cat-eye includes the lower lashline too.)
If you haven’t tried a MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner yet, you must. Must.